How would you draw a six-carbon alkyne that can exist as a diastereomer?

1 Answer
Dec 21, 2015

A six carbon alkyne that can exist as a diastereomer is 1-ethynyl-2-methylcyclopropane.


One way for a compound to have diastereomers is to have two chiral centres.

The only way we can do this with a six-carbon alkyne is to have a cyclopropane ring.

Then we can add an ethynyl and a methyl group to generate two chiral centres.



Since there are two chiral centres and no plane of symmetry, there are #2^2 = 4# stereoisomers.

Their structures are

All Four

Any isomer in one row is a diastereomer of the two isomers in the other row.

Isomers in the same row are a pair of enantiomers.